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McDonald's 27 Points Push NKU Over IUPUI

Drew McDonald put up 27 points and 10 rebounds for Northern Kentucky as the Norse rolled over IUPUI on Thursday night, 77 to 59.

The Norse are now 8-5 on the year, and 6-0 at BB&T Arena.

"I thought we had an amazing atmosphere tonight," NKU head coach John Brannen said after the game. "IUPUI's first game in the (Horizon) League, for them to walk in the building and see what it's like to play at Northern Kentucky, the atmosphere was very appreciative on our players' end of our fans. We hope we continue to put a great product on the floor that they can be very proud of."

After falling behind by 9, the Norse rattled off 19 unanswered points in the first half and McDonald recorded his third straight double-double as NKU opened its Horizon League season with a win. IUPUI fell to 3-9.

Carson Williams added 11 points.

Northern Kentucky shot 67 percent from the field in the second half and used an 8 to 0 run to push the game out of reach.

"Really, we just picked up our intensity as a team," McDonald said. "At a time out we just looked and they were playing harder than us. As a leader I just felt I needed to be the hardest playing man on that floor. I tried to pick up my intensity and play one possession at a time. 

Williams, who hit 4 of 5 shots, is ranked seventh in the nation in field-goal percentage.

The Norse are back in action on Saturday when Illinois-Chicago visits Highland Heights.

-Staff report

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